What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies: line-up announced

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The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair (LBF) have announced the line-up for the third edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies event on 16 April, in association with The Publishers Association.   

There will be two keynote speeches. Andrew Fong, Marshall Cavendish Education, will speak about Singapore as a best-practice example of educational resource development, and Luis Benveniste, World Bank, will give a keynote speech on the provision of funding for learning resources around the world.  

These keynotes will begin a day where policy makers and publishers will debate and share their knowledge with speakers from major universities and international organisations about how technology, policy and content may be most effectively applied to raise educational standards.  This year there will be speakers from 11 countries – Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, UK and USA –  with topics on the conference agenda including:

  • The value of edutainment and gamification - does it work and how?
  • Government vs Private - who is best placed to commission and deliver education content: education publishers or governments? and
  • Print vs Digital – what works best and how can education systems successfully adapt to the digital world?  When is print still the better resource?

Speakers this year are:

  • Luis Benveniste, Practice Manager, Education, World Bank (USA);
  • Yu Chunchi, ED, China Education Publishing & Media (PRC);
  • Andrew Fong, Head - International Markets, Marshall Cavendish Education (Singapore);
  • José Ignacio Echeverría, President, CANIEM (Mexico);
  • Colin Hughes, Managing Director, Collins Learning (UK);
  • Ian Livingstone CBE, President of Eidos (UK);
  • Sarah Maughan, Associate Director of Research, AlphaPlus Consultancy (UK);
  • Miklós Nagy, Director, Európa Publisher (Hungary);
  • Wouter Oosterheert, Stichting leerKracht (Netherlands);
  • Professor Gino Roncaglia, Senior Research Fellow, University of Viterbo ‘La Tuscia’ (Italy);
  • Professor Lucia Santaella, São Paulo Catholic University (PUCSP), Director of CIMID, Center of Research in Digital Media (Brazil);
  • Debborah Smith, Bond University (Australia);
  • Lis Tribe, Managing Director, Hodder Education (UK);
  • Jo Twist, CEO Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) (UK);
  • Wouter van Tol, Director ‎Corporate Citizenship, Europe,  Samsung (UK); and
  • Professor Werner Wiater, Augsburg University (Germany).

Richard Charkin, IPA president (UK); Wilmar Diepgrond, chairman, Association of Educational Publishers  (Germany); Jay Diskey, chair, IPA Educational Publishers Forum (USA); Richard Mollet, chief executive, The Publishers Association (UK); Graham Taylor, The Long Game (UK) and Kate Worlock, Outsell (UK) will introduce and chair individual sessions across the day.

Jose Borghino, policy director at the International Publishers Association, said: 'Education is a strategic issue for everyone, and every country does it differently. Politicians, international agencies and technology companies are all making their own interventions, usually involving the use of consumer technologies and the Internet in schools. The challenge is to work through the diversity of possible solutions and find the best fit. This is the perfect time for publishers, policy makers and analysts to come together in the universal quest to find out What Works’

Orna O’Brien, conference manager for London Book Fair, added: ‘What Works? is now an established part of our conference line-up, and we are delighted to be hosting the third edition at LBF this year, and provide an opportunity for delegates to hear the views and research findings from experts who are shaping education policy around the world.'

The programme is fully managed and operated by The London Book Fair and programmed by the Educational Publishers Forum of the IPA.


Date:             Thursday 16 April 2015, 09:30 to 17:15
Venue:           Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX, UK
Prices:             £399.00 + VAT Standard
                       £99.00 + VAT delegate rate is offered for persons from not-for-profit and public sector organisations.